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Overcoming Whiteness: An Autoethnographic Account of a Black Female Administrator's Journey at a Community and Technical College.

Grooms, Veella R. (2022) Overcoming Whiteness: An Autoethnographic Account of a Black Female Administrator's Journey at a Community and Technical College. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Black and racially minority women are underrepresented in administrative positions of authority in higher education, especially at predominantly white institutions (PWIs). These
women are forced to work in environments of articulated boundaries that do not permit their voices or perspectives to be heard and they are overwhelmingly disregarded, in comparison to their white counterparts, as competent leaders mainly because of their intersectionality with race and gender. Consequently, Black and racially minoritized women struggle to be included, accepted, and respected as higher education professionals. Additionally, the experiences of Black and racially minoritized women are the result of an environment that encourages discrimination, isolation and
exclusion. As a result, Black and racially minoritized women experience feelings of insecurity and invisibility and often self-segregate in order to survive in the environment. While each racially minoritized women encounters differing backgrounds and beliefs, their shared experiences within
the realm of higher education warrants further review.

The purpose of this dissertation is to understand the system and the effects systemic institutional racism has on a Black female administrator employed at a community and technical
college. I utilized autoethnography as my research method, and the concepts of white racial framing and critical race theory, as the theoretical lenses to inform the reader of my experiences. I served as both the researcher and the participant for this study. Through my voice, using reflexive journaling, storytelling, and personal narratives, I inform the reader of my experiences as a Black female administrator employed in a system that continuously challenged my intersectionality and made every effort to silence my voice.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Grooms, Veella R.vrg5@pitt.eduvrg5
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee MemberPickett, Clyde W.cwp19@pitt.educwp19
Committee MemberRoop, Laura Janelaurroop@pitt.edulaurroop
Committee ChairPerry, Jill Alexajperry@pitt.edujperry
Date: 2 September 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 6 July 2022
Approval Date: 2 September 2022
Submission Date: 10 August 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 92
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: racial trauma, racial fatigue, Black female administrator's experience with racism and discrimination, higher education, discrimination, colorblindness, white supremist ideology, intersectionality, overcoming whiteness, autoethnography, racism, colorblind society, racism at a PWI, racism at a community and technical college, racism in higher education
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2022 19:24
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2022 19:24


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